Ecologies of Art

“Formed in 2017, the collective features five leading artists - Jan Baker Finch (movement), Renata Buziak (photo media), Erik Griswold (composer), Vicki Kelleher (poet) and Vanessa Tomlinson (musician). They have previouly presented work as part of Easter@Harrigans Lane (Granite Belt), Contexts Ephermeal Art Festival (Poland) and theLines in the Sand Festival (Minjerriba). Through these projects, Bloom Collective explore the potential of art to pay attention to place, expanding our ability to listen, see and engage”.

Quote taken from The Wrong Kind of Beauty exhibition statement dated September 5, 2018.

Another alegiance forged during Lines in The Sand Festival of 2014, was that between Renata Buziak (photomedia artist) and Carol Swarzman (writer) who conceived and curated Art in Soil in 2017.

“Let’s Get Dirty is an Art in Soil initiative by the Queensland Branch of Soil Science Australia informed by the arts industry. Both art and science are carried out as cultural acts valuing their environments and creativity, harnessing sense, and seeking to provide change via abstract models of our world. Let’s Get Dirty will follow numerous Artists' journeys over a six month period creating a piece of art inspired by soil”.

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Virtual Oceans

Long discussion has happened on Minjerribah about a learning centre, part of the Economic Transition Strategy away from mining set to end in 2019. Talk in the community is that QYAC Native Title Corporation is likely to build a Whale Learning Centre up at Point Lookout on the old tennis courts. Other than the skeletal remains of a hump back whale, the centre is likely to host information about oceans. 

Ocean Ark Alliance is an island based entity concerned with deep water cinematography and capturing the world endangered ocean life.

August 12, 2018 Ocean Ark Alliance and Jo Kaspari shared insights into what is going on with the digital depiction of underwater realms in public places across the globe.

Plankton Productions Pty Ltd is an Australian based specialist media production & services company creating & contributing to a wide range of screen projects from Feature Films, TV Documentary, Education to Marine Video Art and Displays.

Of virtual oceans Plankton Productions states 

"Ocean covers more than 70% of our planet.

Australias coastline stretches 35,000 km, one the longest of any country in the world, and to the north lie many 1000's of islands and reefs in the area known as The Coral Triangle ... No other area on earth hosts as many marine environments and associated species ranging from tropical to temperate as our region ...Nature and life itself happen in 'real time' in a natural ebb and flow and literally endless variety in moods and countless magical moments, brought to the screen it becomes a Virtual Ocean".

Innovations in digital depictions of ocean habitats are happening with entities such The Cube -   $3.5 million dollar installation at Garden's Point, QUT and or iDome at the Edith Cowan University

On the east coast of Australian aquariums exist at a number of locations namely; (Sunshine Coast) (Great Barrier Reef aquarium, Townsville)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk  made announcements of a World-class $100 million aquarium for South Bank. In 2018 she revoked this decision at about the same time as Treasurer Jackie Trade handed over $11 000 000 to QYAC, on world environment day. Jackie Trad said the funding was on top of $20 million allocated to the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy in 2016.

Reef virtual realities are indeed a way for people to experience reefs without destroying them. But innovative technologies become quickly antiquated.

Large scale and immersive projections of reef can be a more economical way to share reefs beauty as with Yadegar Asis's 2015 exhibit at the Asisi Panometer ini Germany with a 1:1 scale installation of the Great Barrier Reef projected on cloth strips. 

Perhaps the most innovative depiction of natural phenomena indoors happens in the hands of artists as with the exhibition entitled ‘Rain Room’ which was created by Hannes Koch, Florian Ortkrass and Stuart Wood, three contemporary artists and graduates from the Royal College of Art in London, or Swedish DJ and Artist Eric Prydz Holographic live works in concert in June 2018.

If minimising capital outlays and maximising likes and shares in situ on digital platforms count for anything, holographic innovation is the way to go.

Mining Minjerriba to end 2019

There are three mines on North Stradbroke Island, all owned by Sibelco Australia Limited (formerly called Unimin Australia Limited), a Belgian owned multi-national company:-

1. Enterprise, also known as ’Devastation South’ which would run out of minerals by 2027 (at the latest) anyway, even if allowed to continue longer (see official information under ‘library/resources’ tab).

2. Yarraman (Devastation North) which runs out of minerals in 2013.
Mining at the Enterprise and Yarraman mines is for mineral sands: zircon, rutile and ilmenite. The main mining method is dredge mining, with some dry mining. These two mines employ about 100 people, only half of whom live on the island.

3. The third mine, Vance, a silica sand mine (Devastation West) employs only 13 people.


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Link to a film produced by Sibelco on their own mining work on the island of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)...

Mulmakul; Death Adder

Auntie Margaret Iselin told me that Adder Rock's traditional name is Mulmakul meaning death adder and that Adder Rock was place of the death adder.

She also said to me that the old people knew it as a "place of healing" as they would lay upon the hot rocks. Mulmakul captures winter's gabura biyigi and and the last hours of summers setting biyigi. No matter what season 'jara' captures 'budlubara' here,  Mulmakul; yanggabara.

Words and spelling taken from Jandai Language Dictionary self published by the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council in 2011.


CONCEPT: Islands of Innocence

TITLE: Islands of Innocence - A multi media exhibition
TIME: One night only June 6pm - 9pm, 2018


The projected imagery and audio included in this exhibition elucidate emotive regard for islands such as innocence and reverence; qualities essential if we are to preserve the environmental integrity of islands, the ecologies they support and their surrounding habitats.

Still and moving imagery from the Quandamooka, Lord Howe and Solomon Islands will be projected onto suspended screens in the North Stradbroke Island Museum Foul Ward over static displays of human centric histories contrasted with fluid imagery and audio of innocence and dis/respect.

Iconic Shore Line Imagery from the Seventh Seal

"Disillusioned knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) and his nihilistic squire Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand) return after fighting in the Crusades and find Sweden being ravaged by the plague. On the beach immediately after their arrival, the knight encounters Death (Bengt Ekerot), personified as a pale, black-cowled figure resembling a monk. The knight, in the middle of a chess game he has been playing alone, challenges Death to a chess match, believing that he can forestall his demise as long as the game continues. Death agrees, and they start a new game...

All scenes except two were shot in or around the Filmstaden studios in Solna. The exceptions were the famous opening scene with Death and the Knight playing chess by the sea and the ending with the dance of death, which were both shot at Hovs Hallar, a rocky, precipitous beach area in north-western Scania....

As it was written in a program note that accompanied the movie's premier "It is a modern poem presented with medieval material that has been very freely handled...The script in particular—embodies a mid-twentieth century existentialist angst…”


Melvyn Bragg interviews Ingmar Bergman (1978)

On the seventh seal...

Melvyn Bragg

"The film starts with the knight on the shore playing chess and then death turns up rather like a monk, why is…"

Igmar Bergman

“Or a clown if you want it…"

Melvyn Bragg

"You decided to make him a man…rather than a presence?"

Igmar Bergman

"Yes Because that is the fascination and the majic of the stage or the cinema or the picture. I think it’s marvellous".


Call to Action March 7


TAG - Call to ACTION

To all Members (and friends) of the Toondah Action Group (TAG)

This Wednesday morning our Council will consider the community petition to stop the Toondah PDA. That is the time to rally (from 9am) and exercise our democratic rights to inform Council what we think about their stance on Toondah.

This action was foreshadowed last week and we asked TAG members to "pencil in the date, place and time so we can show Councillors the level of community anxiety and opposition to the Toondah scheme.

The council is considering what can only be described as a feeble report on the petition.  The Report has been complied by the Redlands Investment Corporation and does no justice to the matters at hand or for the Councillors supposedly considering a community petition, a petition signed by over 1400 people.

The stop Toondah rally will be on Wednesday....7th March 2018.
When: 9- 9:30 am (in advance of the actual meeting)
Where: In front of the Redland City Council Chambers, in Bloomfield Street Cleveland
What to bring: a pair of Gum boots or walking boots (or even old shoes) to wave  and show we want to give Walker's the BOOT (a good photo shoot).

Who should attend:  Any one concerned about the 3600 apartments planned for Toondah Harbour, the delayed upgrade of the port facilities, the impacts on the Ramsar area and other environmental values, the traffic and congestion in Cleveland and impacts on the existing CBD and so much more. 

Further the deceitful consultation and the poor planning that underpins the current development scheme should be dealt with now to re-start the planning process in a modern and transparent way.
The Toondah Development has been poorly planned since its inception but the Report to Council clearly shows the secrecy and commercial commercial-in-confidence arrangements have been used to keep the community in the dark on so many aspects of the scheme.

Color, noise and movement is the order of the day from 9am until 9:30am.  Those wanting to witness the performance of Councillors should then proceed to the Council Chambers.  Other members of TAG may adjourn to Bloomfield Park for a debrief, conversation and a coffee.

Help stop the rort, and fix the port! 

Come along Wednesday for 30 minutes or so! Make a stand our Councillors can't ignore. 

Steve MacDonald
President Redlands2030

Australian Bush Flower Essence Remedies

"Australia has the world's oldest and highest number of flowering plants exhibiting tremendous beauty and strength. Also Australia is relatively unpolluted and metaphysically has a very wise, old energy...

The Bush Essences are a system of healing that anyone can use for themselves or prescribe for others. Although Flower Remedies have been used by many cultures for thousands of years, the Australian Bush Flower Essences meet the great need for remedies that help people address the issues of the 21st century - sexuality, communication skills and spirituality to name but a few. The answer to this need (which has come from the Australian plants), has been developed and researched by Naturopath, Ian White, a fifth generation Australian herbalist".

Retrieved from March 5, 2018.

Fringed Violet treats damage to the aura caused by trauma or shock, grief or distress. It maintains psychic protection for those who are drained by others or take on the physical or emotional imbalances of others.

Crowea is the flower of peace and calm, integration of ones feelings and emotional clarity.

Boab Tree is found only in the Kimberley region of northwest Australia. Boab Essence is understood to release negative family patterns and non family karmic connections.

The essence of Red Helmet Orchid allows sensitivity, respect, consideration and male bonding.

JOURNEYING: Morovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Marovo Lagoon is a large saltwater lagoon located in the Solomon Islands, north of Vanuatu and encompasses 700 square kilometers. Protected by a double barrier reef system, Marovo Lagoon is World Heritage listed.

The Solomon Islands are a group of over 600 islands with only six being main islands.

The lagoon is a complex mix of terrestrial and marine habitats. Despite its remarkable environmental integrity ocean acidification has affected Morovo Lagoon, in particuler corals.

Planet earth has become warmer with human behaviour and our industries being prime contributors. Global warming is causing ocean waters to rise and the numbers of cyclones to grow and this has affected the health of coral reefs everywhere, causing spawning season to come one month early this year in Morovo. Coral bleaching occurs when Zooxanthellae (are single-celled dinoflagellates that are able to live in symbiosis with marine invertebrates such as corals, jellyfish, and sea anemones) which are pushed out of there tissue and eventually die - turning the corals white as though they have been bleached.

JOURNEYING: Lord Howe Island

Shaped like a crescent moon, Lord Howe island is a volcanic remnant in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. 600 km east of mainland Port Macquarie, and about 900 km (560 mi) southwest of Norfolk Island. We journeyed by air.

There are 28 islands, islets and rocks that are the Lord Howe Island cluster.

"The first reported sighting of Lord Howe Island took place on 17 February 1788, when Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, commander of the Armed Tender HMS Supply, was en route from Botany Bay to found a penal settlement on Norfolk Island.[8] On the return journey Ball sent a party ashore on Lord Howe Island to claim it as a British possession.[9] It subsequently became a provisioning port for the whaling industry," Retrieved from January 29, 2018.

The only breeding site for sooty terns in NSW, is Lord Howe Island. After their annual migration to the Sea of Japan, these birds and their young can be found in prolific numbers and of cacophonous auditory assault at Blinky Beach, Lord Howe Island.

Magic Tree

Toondah Harbour has its own magic tree, hidden between harbour car park and G. J. Walter Park it is all but invisible to those coming and going, but for tree climbers and young at heart.

"Ficus macrophylla, commonly known as the Moreton Bay fig or Australian banyan, is a large evergreen banyan tree of the family Moraceae that is a native of most of the eastern coast of Australia, The fruits are small, round and greenish, ripening and turning purple at any time of year. The fruit is known as a syconium, an inverted inflorescence with the flowers lining an internal cavity. Like all figs, it has an obligate mutualism with fig wasps; figs are only pollinated by fig wasps. Coincidentally, cinema goers will recognize the Moreton Bay Fig from the celebrated Australian movie, ‘The Tree’ shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

Next, the inner bark or roots were used to make a sturdy cloth and cord for bags as well as woven fishing nets. Also the branches as well as the bark were used to make waterproof dug-out canoes. Lastly, the milky sap, which exudes when the tree is cut was prepared as a medicine to treat infections and to dress small wounds. Paradoxically, it is found to be an irritant if it comes in direct contact with the skin.

Moreton Bay Fig Trees are native to Eastern Australia. They can reach a height of 40 m (approx. 130 ft) and have large buttress roots, sometimes as tall as a man"

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Hilliards Creek

Upon arrival at the Bligh Street access to Hiliards Creek a resident Striated Heron offers a greeting of sorts. Like an old man with hunch back, he lurks, amidst mangroves foraging on mudflats. Its depth and protected tidal pull is such that paddling is effortless. A well worn thoroughfare for first nation peoples and also the new arrivals of the past 200 years and their industry.

Despite a hefty utilitarian history it's extraordinary aesthetic value can be found in the complex and contrasting ecologies of salt marsh colours and entangled mangrove root watched over by paired Brahminy Kite soaring above.

"The Geoff Skinner wetlands form a large portion of the creek’s foreshore area bordering the Moreton Bay Marine Park.  It contains a number of critical high tide wader bird roost sites giving it very high conservation significance (Wader Site Data Collation and Survey Project for South East Queensland 1997, Department of Environment – collated by Gregory Miller).  A Management Proposal was drafted for the Geoff Skinner wetlands in December 1996 by Greenspace (a consultancy located in Wellington Point).  Given the age of the document, and did not include any stakeholder consultation, it is recommended that a new management plan should be developed at the earliest opportunity".

Retrieved from August 29 2017

"Waterways description

Hilliards Creek rises in the low hills of Sheldon and Thornlands either side of Taylor Road. Woodlands Drive forms part of the catchment boundary between Hilliards and Eprapah Creeks catchments. Hilliards Creek upper branches meet just north of Boundary Road and flows northward, through Alexandra Hills and Ormiston, draining into Central (Moreton) Bay. The creek is about 13km long.

The freshwater section of the creek ends at the road crossing at Sturgeon Street Ormiston and the estuarine section extends for three to four kilometres to the foreshore. Wetlands of state significance are located around the mouth of Hilliards Creek and foreshore of Wellington Point.


Hilliards Creek and its catchment have provided people with resources for thousands of years.  Bora rings and scar trees along the Creek near Weippen St are some of the surviving physical evidence left behind by early indigenous users.  The local clan was the Koobenpul, who spoke the same language as the Gorenpul of Dunwich.[1]

The first surveys

The first surveys of Hilliards Creek and surrounds were carried out in the early

1840s.  Surveyor James Warner surveyed the Creek up to approximately Boundary Rd, Thornlands, commenting that the creek was “navigable for boats about six miles and at the head is a lagoon of good water.” [2]   On a subsequent plan Warner noted the mouth of the creek contained a “foul rocky bed.” [3]

Surveyor Robert Dixon is credited with bestowing some of the district’s first non-indigenous names on various places, including Hilliards Creek. [4] The Creek is believed to have been named after Lieutenant Hilliard, an ensign in the British 28th Regiment of Foot, which was stationed in Moreton Bay.  In 1839 Hilliard was briefly in charge of the penal settlement between Commandant Cotton and Lieutenant Gravatt. [5]

Although it was named Hilliards Creek in the early 1840s, in 1859, when Captain Louis Hope was working on his sugar plantation at Ormiston, the creek was referred to as Wogan Creek.

First settlers

The first non-indigenous settlers began to seriously impact on Hilliards Creek from the late 1840s, mainly through small industries and particularly farming.  As a result, the Creek was used as a transport route, a water source and a drain. Industries included farming, sawmill, saltworks, woolscours, brickworks and gravel extraction".

Hilliards Creek History

Extract Author: Tracy Ryan, Local Historian RSC

Moogarrapum Creek

Despite it's water quality rating of D, Moorgurrapun Creek it's mangroves and ca is home to a community ofturquoise winged Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) amidst the Casuarina equisetifolia (or Australian pine tree which is a she-oak species or Billa in local language). Uncle Bob Anderson reflects that this name in language means dugong delicacy.

Erosion, drain pipes, maps and pollution aside the playing with mobile phone photos and apps on site affords some raw black and white visual data of considerable contrast in light, line and reflection.

"Catchment description

Moogarrapum Creek catchment covers an area of 14km2 and is dominated by rural non-urban, commercial and a major landfill site west of the Cleveland Redland Bay Road.

East of the road, dominant land use is urban residential, bushland, waterway corridors and open space users. Rural non urban properties around Redland Bay are serviced by septic/on-site wastewater systems.

Natural features in the catchment on Council land are conservation areas, bushland refuges and Moorarrapum Creek corridors at Days Road, Giles Road, Emperor Drive wetland....

Health summary

Moogurrapum Creek declined to an overall water quality rating of D, indicating the creek is in poor condition with major modification to water quality. Very high levels of chlorophyll-a and high levels of nutrients and low dissolved oxygen influenced the rating this year. The in-stream habitat condition is moderate at sites Moo.02.L.S156 and Moo.01.M.S074 due to channel disturbance, low aquatic habitat diversity and a semi-continuous riparian zone".

Retrieved from August 31, 2017

Two Island Tribute exhibition was staged at the Frank Moran Gallery July 17-22, 2017. An event celebration was held Friday July 21, 6pm.

Visiting exhibition participants/collaborators/patrons were welcomed, watered and fed. They conversed, listened, were entertained, educated, enthralled and activated. Women, children, elders, young people and men were present. All basic criteria of a micro utopia present and accounted for.

A story was beget with an invitation from Elisabeth Gondwe musarian of the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum to host the exhibition on island. So to for the Mudlines Artists’ Residency, September 25 to October 1 on Canaipa (Russell Island).

There are ancient geologies and futures at stake with this development. The exhibition moves from the micro to aerial perspectives, with spoken, visual and written language communicating many voices and testament to the many values associated with the Bay. Vested interest should not take precedence over any or all of these.

Cassim a History

THomas Welsby states in his Recollections of the Natives of Moreton Bay. Together with some of their names and Customs of Living delivered before the University Historical Society in 1967 that

"At that time, i.e., about 1879, there were many natives at Amity, some of the real dark old-day men, and as the moon was at its full, an improvised cor- roboree was given by the men and their gins. One comical native—and one, I daresay, well remembered by many boating men—was living there at the time, his gunyah being very close to tlie beach, not far from where the present test-house stands. He liad a deformed arm and leg, and could not take part in the more active games and dances of his comrades. He was a born actor and a wonderfully clever mimic, and as cunning as the verit- able rat. His name was Cassim, or, as he himself would ever put it, John William Cassim, Esquire. He was not the Cassim who kept the hotel at Cleveland'. (p.115)

"Billy Cassim, who sang a fairly decent song, English and black words intermingled, as he deemed it necessary,, was also the author of many Amity Point corroborees. His native name was "Nyoryo" supposed to mean "ropehauler." How often have I heard him sing, "We won't go home till morning," and "Rule Britannia." It hasbeen said that Billy was the composer of two comedies, "The Chinaman Corroboree" and "The South Passage Corroboree." (p.116)

"Billy Cassim died in 1890, and lies asleep not far from his namesake, Cassim of Cleveland, the burial being made in the native quarter in the Dunwich cemetery," (p.117)

An Indian national Johnny Cassim was transported to the Island of Mauritius for the term of  his natural life in 1828.  After transport again to Moreton Bay hee obtained a Ticket of Leave in 1843, Cassim went onto own boarding houses and died in Cleveland in 1884 a property owner and respected business man.

An Aboriginal man John William Cassim Esquire (Billy) was one of the men who rescued survivors of the Sovereign in 1844. It is assumed he took his name after 1855 when Johnny Cassim came into contact with local people. Patrick J Tynan in his book Johnny Cassim Coolie - Convict - Catchumen - Colonial Entrepereur 1814-1884 suggest that Billy Cassim would have "taken on Cassims' name" as "It often happened that Aboriginal people took the name of one of the non-aboriginal arrivals in their area, out of admiration" p.71.

Cassim Island was named after one or perhaps the other of these gentleman.

Of the Cassim Island wreck A. J. Pixley in a 1970 reading Shipwrecks ev Queensland and Adjacent Waters to The Society says

"At the time I thought it may have belonged to the steamer Toondah, the remains of which ship lie on Cassim Island just off Cleveland. This is the ship in which Cecil Fison's grandfather surveyed and beaconed the channels of Moreton Bay. My assumption that this boiler came from the Toondah proved to be wrong. CecU Fison told me that the boiler and engine had been removed at the Port Office. How or why the hull finished up at Cassim Island I am unable to say". (p.154)

Image taken from Tynan, P. J. (2005). Johnny Cassim Coolie - Convict - Catchumen - Colonial Entrepeneur 1814-1884

and Retrieved June 15, 2017


Pixley, A. J. (1970) iShipwrecks ev Queensland and Adjacent Waters. Reading to The Society.

Tynan, P. J. (2005). Johnny Cassim Coolie - Convict - Catchumen - Colonial Entrepeneur 1814-1884. Church Archivist's Press.

Welsby, T. H. O. S. (1917). Recollections of the natives of Moreton Bay. Historical Society of Queensland Journal1, 110-129.